Alcohol Explained with William Porter

Alcohol Explained with William Porter

William Porter is here to help you understand why you drink and how to stop.

Have you ever wondered…

  • Why does alcohol make you feel relaxed and then wake you up at 3am?
  • Why do you have trouble moderating how much you drink? 
  • How is it possible that alcohol is both a depressant and a stimulant?
  • Why does a substance that makes you feel euphoric later leave you feeling so low with anxiety and a hangover?
  • And is it true that alcohol is good for you in small doses? [spoiler alert: no]

My guest today is William Porter, the author of Alcohol Explained and Alcohol Explained 2: Tools for a Stronger Sobriety.

I’m a big fan of William’s work and the way he breaks down a scientific approach to what happens to the body and mind when you consume alcohol into something that’s easy to understand

In today’s episode William walks us through:

  • Why we drink more than we want to
  • How alcohol works as both a depressant + a stimulant 
  • Whether alcohol is good in small doses
  • Why addiction is a learning process + resets don’t work
  • How alcohol affects your sleep
  • The physiological effects of consuming alcohol

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Connect with William Porter

William Porter is the author of Alcohol Explained and Alcohol Explained 2: Tools for a Stronger Sobriety. He currently lives with his wife and two young children in London. He is a solicitor and previously served with the 4th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. 

About Alcohol Explained

Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. Alcoholism and problem drinking seems illogical to those on the outside, indeed it is equally perplexing for the alcoholic or problem drinker. This book provides a logical, easy to follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it. Despite being entirely scientific and factual in nature the book is presented in an accessible and easily understandable format. 

For more information and to read the first 5 chapters for free please visit www.alcoholexplained.com

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The Hello Someday Podcast helps busy and successful women build a life they love without alcohol. Host Casey McGuire Davidson, a certified life coach and creator of The Sober Girl’s Guide to Quitting Drinking, brings together her experience of quitting drinking while navigating work and motherhood, along with the voices of experts in personal development, self-care, addiction and recovery and self-improvement. 

Whether you know you want to stop drinking and live an alcohol free life, are sober curious, or are in recovery this podcast is for you.

In each episode Casey will share the tried and true secrets of how to drink less and live more. 

Learn how to let go of alcohol as a coping mechanism, how to shift your mindset about sobriety and change your drinking habits, how to create healthy routines to cope with anxiety, people pleasing and perfectionism, the importance of self-care in early sobriety, and why you don’t need to be an alcoholic to live an alcohol free life. 

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